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Wardrobe Building: Spring 2017 Mini Capsule

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  Finally the big reveal that I promised: a complete mini capsule for Spring 2017!  Using sixteen core pieces (including some of the capsule basics we covered in the capsule series) and nine accessories we created sixteen complete outfits for your inspiration.  And I’m guessing all you out there can come up with even more!

If you are new to capsule wardrobes and have always wanted to give them a try, the sample wardrobe below would also work well for a spring time, city-based vacation to a mild/moderate climate.  Trying to use a capsule on vacation is a great way to test the theory out.  Trust me, you won’t regret packing less!

Spring 2017 Mini Capsule Core Pieces

Spring 2017 Mini Capsule Accessories

Spring Mini Capsule Contents:
  1. J. Crew denim jacket
  2. Banana Republic linen tee
  3. Hudson Collin skinny Jeans
  4. Banana Republic Sloan black ankle pants
  5. Garnet Hill 3/4 sleeve bateau dress
  6. Ten Sixty Sherman ruffle sleeve tee
  7. Ralph Lauren a-line skirt
  8. Citizen’s of Humanity Karmen pencil skirt
  9. Boden long sleeve Breton tee
  10. Bloomingdale’s Aqua asymmetrical tie top
  11. Splendid lace-up top
  12. Caslon 3/4 sleeve tee
  13. Nordstrom BP cargo anorak
  14. Halogen cardigan
  15. Halogen long linen cardigan
  16. Garnet Hill slim utility pants

Accessories & Add-ons

  1. adidas Originals Stan Smith
  2. Halogen Freda slide
  3. Nordstrom BP Katrina flat
  4. Missoni scarf
  5. Halogen Painterly Wave wrap
  6. Halogen Urban Blooms scarf
  7. Banana Republic Wildflower necklace
  8. Kendra Scott Rayne tassel pendant
  9. Longchamp large La Pliage tote
Outfit Inspiration

Spring 2017 Mini Capsule Outfits 1-4

 

Spring 2017 Mini Capsule Outfits 5-8

 

Spring 2017 Mini Capsule Outfits 9-12

Spring 2017 Mini Capsule Outfits 13-16 I’d love to see what combinations you come up with!  Please feel free to comment below, write in or share any photos.

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Wardrobe Building: Adding Personality to Your Capsule

Over the past few weeks we’ve covered the benefits of a capsule wardrobe as well as how to create a strong foundation for building a functional spring/summer capsule.  Today we get to the fun stuff – adding some color and personality!

Step 1: Choose the palette for your accent colors.

Two or three accents give you a lot of mileage but you can get by with as few as one.  If you love color and would like more accent options, choosing shades of one of your primary accents is an easy way to extend your palette.

Choose accents that look great with your neutrals.  Blues look great with brown and khaki, berry tones pop against navy, etc.  The author of The Vivienne Files has a great “start with art” series that leads to some fantastic palettes.  If there is a scarf or print fabric that you often get complemented on, using it as a base is another good way to find color inspiration.

Capsule Personality: Color Palette

 

 

Step 2: Start filling in with pieces.

Tops and sweaters will get you a lot of wardrobe mileage as will accessories (scarves, jewelry, handbags, shoes).  For those comfortable with the capsule concept, you may even want to consider adding a pant, skirt or jacket in your accent color.

Step 2 is also the step where you will be adding trend items to your capsule.  If you’ve been wanting to try a lace front top or embroidered item – go for it!  Just keep it in your palette’s color scheme.

Capsule Personality: Color

Capsule Personality: Pattern

Capsule Personality: Color

Capsule Personality: Pattern

Aside from color, another way to add interest to your capsule is to select a few print or patterned pieces in either your neutral or accent palette.

Capsule Personality: Pattern

Capsule Personality: PatternCapsule Personality: Pattern

Have fun this week injecting your capsule with some personality!  Next week, we’ll wrap the series up with a sample capsule including full outfit ideas.

Wardrobe Building: Capsule Foundation Shoes

Today’s post marks the final day of spring/summer capsule foundation pieces in our Building a Capsule Wardrobe series with a focus on shoes. Next up will be the fun stuff – adding color, pattern and accessories!

Spring/Summer Casual Capsule Foundation Shoes

The two shoes that I think will get you through 80% plus of your spring casual wear needs are pictured below: a simple white sneaker and a neutral slide sandal.  Don’t panic yet at the thought of just two shoes – we can add something else in an accent color when we get to the next step!

 

Capsule Foundation Simple Sneakers

Capsule Foundation Neutral Slides

For the Office

For office wear, pumps are the foundation workhorse.  While some work environments allow for open toed shoes and while some women prefer a loafer to a pump when wearing a trouser; a classic, pointed toe, mid-heel will get you through nearly all work situations.

Capsule Foundation Pumps

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